There are occasions I have written posts in a series, either on one large-scale piece of music, or grouped together with a common theme. Below I have put together links to some of these series to make them easier to find and follow in the archive of Good Music Speaks. These are some of my favorite pieces of music, ones that I have been motivated to write about in some depth. I hope you enjoy them as much as I have.
To The Memory of An Angel
One of my favorite works of the early twentieth century is the Violin Concerto by Alban Berg. It was composed during the summer of 1935, and dedicated to the memory of Manon Gropius, the young daughter of Alma Mahler and Walter Gropius. The concerto is a moving, emotionally charged masterpiece.
Four By Four For Four
This was a series of posts on one of my favorite chamber ensembles, the string quartet. Four compositions, by four different composers, played by four string players in a quartet.
I have a special affection for the music of American composers, being that I am one myself. I spent the entire month of July 2014 writing posts about some well-known and some not so well-known composers that were born here in America.
Gustav Mahler, Symphony No. 5 in C sharp minor
Finished in 1902, the Fifth symphony of Mahler is the first of a trio of purely instrumental symphonies that highlight the middle creative period of his career. The fourth movement Adagietto is probably the most famous piece of music Mahler ever wrote.
Anton Bruckner, Symphony No. 8 in C minor
The Eighth symphony of Anton Bruckner is the last he completed. It was premiered in 1892, and has undergone revision by Bruckner and some well-meaning supporters. The standard four movement symphonic form is expanded to a huge 80 minutes of music by Bruckner. Listening is worth every minute, as it ends with a gorgeous finale.